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A Cosmopolitan Best Young Adult Book of 2019A BuzzFeed Pick for "YA Books You Absolutely Must Read This Spring""[Goo's] most charming to date. . .A delightful romp." —The New York Times10:00...
A Cosmopolitan Best Young Adult Book of 2019A BuzzFeed Pick for "YA Books You Absolutely Must Read This Spring""[Goo's] most charming to date. . .A delightful romp." —The New York Times10:00...
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  • A Cosmopolitan Best Young Adult Book of 2019
    A BuzzFeed Pick for "YA Books You Absolutely Must Read This Spring"
    "[Goo's] most charming to date. . .A delightful romp." —The New York Times
    10:00 p.m.: Lucky is the biggest K-pop star on the scene, and she's just performed her hit song "Heartbeat" in Hong Kong to thousands of adoring fans. She's about to debut on The Tonight Show in America, hopefully a breakout performance for her career. But right now? She's in her fancy hotel, trying to fall asleep but dying for a hamburger.
    11:00 p.m.: Jack is sneaking into a fancy hotel, on assignment for his tabloid job that he keeps secret from his parents. On his way out of the hotel, he runs into a girl wearing slippers, a girl who is single-mindedly determined to find a hamburger. She looks kind of familiar. She's very cute. He's maybe curious.
    12:00 a.m.: Nothing will ever be the same.
    With her trademark humor and voice, Maurene Goo delivers a sparkling story of taking a chance on love—and finding yourself along the way—in Somewhere Only We Know.

About the Author-

  • Maurene Goo grew up in a Los Angeles suburb surrounded by floral wallpaper, one thousand cousins, and piles of books. She studied communication at UC San Diego and then later received a Masters in publishing, writing, and literature at Emerson College. Before publishing her first book, Since You Asked, she worked in both textbook and art book publishing. She has very strong feelings about tacos and houseplants. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two cats.

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  • Kirkus

    May 1, 2019
    A K-pop star finds love and adventure with an aspiring photographer in this modern retelling of Roman Holiday. Lucky, a Korean-American K-pop star suffering an existential crisis over her career, plays hooky one night after a big concert in Hong Kong, escaping her handlers and bodyguard in search of a hamburger. Woozy on anti-anxiety medication and sleeping pills, she loses her way only to be rescued by Jack, an attractive stranger and fellow Korean-American who at first has no idea who she is and is struggling through his own personal crisis over whether to study banking to please his parents or pursue the photography he's so passionate about. As Lucky and Jack adventure through Hong Kong, they begin to fall for one another, but their budding connection is threatened by the lies they've told one another: Lucky hides her real identity, pretending to be an ordinary girl who is on tour with her church choir, while Jack has secret plans to sell photographs of their day together to a tabloid to help launch his career. Narrated in short chapters that alternate between Jack's and Lucky's first-person perspectives, Goo (The Way You Make Me Feel, 2018, etc.) develops each character's voice with clarity. A quick-paced, entertaining plot, witty banter, and expert characterization make this a light and satisfying read, and a wealth of local details effortlessly immerse the reader in the worlds of Hong Kong and K-pop stardom. Charming and swoonworthy. (Fiction. 14-18)

    COPYRIGHT(2019) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Booklist

    May 15, 2019
    Grades 9-12 K-pop star Lucky is wrapping up her tour in Hong Kong and getting ready to debut in America, and all she wants is a hamburger. The problem is, she's on total lockdown?K-pop stars are kept on a short leash, and her reputation is pristine?so she's going to have to sneak out of her hotel. It's the same hotel that tabloid photographer Jack is sneaking into on an assignment. When he runs into Lucky, it could be his big break. She doesn't realize he knows who she is, and they hit the town together as she pretends to be just an ordinary girl. But as they explore Hong Kong, Jack starts to regret the photos he's planning on selling, while Lucky finds herself unsure about returning to her regulated life. Jack and Lucky's whirlwind romance is given life by Goo's (The Way You Make Me Feel, 2018) rapid-fire dialogue and enthusiastic embrace of rom-com tropes. A buoyant romance that's as much about self-�discovery as it is about new love.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2019, American Library Association.)

  • School Library Journal

    July 10, 2020

    Gr 9 Up-Catherine "Lucky" Nam is a Korean American rising K-pop star finishing a whirlwind tour in Hong Kong. Her world is knocked off its axis when a volatile mix of sleeping pills, anxiety medication, and a desire for a hamburger brings her into contact with Jack Lim, gifted photographer and tabloid paparazzo. They decide to spend the day together in Hong Kong with differing objectives, but their goals shift and change over the course of the day as they get to know each other better. VERDICT The overarching theme of crafting the life you want, while making space for the unexpected, shines brilliantly in this novel.-Desiree Thomas, Worthington Lib., OH

    Copyright 2020 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • The Horn Book

    July 1, 2019
    In this modern-day take on the classic film �cf2]Roman Holiday�cf1], K-pop superstar Lucky meets Jack in Hong Kong. Though Lucky uses a fake name, Jack (secretly a part-time paparazzo) figures out who she is--and knows he can land a full-time job if he sends the scoop to his boss. The problem: he's falling for Lucky, and she for him. Lucky and Jack are both charming, funny narrators with serious chemistry.

    (Copyright 2019 by The Horn Book, Incorporated, Boston. All rights reserved.)

  • The Horn Book

    September 1, 2019
    In this modern-day take on the classic film Roman Holiday, K-pop superstar Lucky seems to have it all?but her performances now feel rote and joyless, and she resents her overscheduled, oversupervised life. That is, until one night in Hong Kong, when she sneaks out of her hotel room and meets Jack on a city bus. The American-born son of Korean immigrants, Jack also feels unfulfilled: he works as a part-time paparazzo for a sleazy tabloid. Though Lucky uses a fake name, it's not long before Jack figures out who she is, and he knows he can land a full-time job at the paper if he sends the scoop to his boss. He just needs to keep Lucky occupied for the day. (And what a day it is; the diverse, bustling city setting comes alive through stops at a park, a temple, a bookstore, a mountaintop, a karaoke bar, and, to Lucky's delight, what seems like every single place to eat.) As Jack secretly photographs Lucky, he realizes the problem with his plan: he's falling for her. And Lucky, unaware that Jack knows who she really is, is falling for him too. Lucky and Jack are both charming, funny narrators with serious chemistry (Jack: We were so into each other it was ridiculous ). They share comfortable banter, smoldering looks, a few intense kisses?and, in between, earnest existential conversations about pursuing their dreams and living meaningful lives. Readers, no matter their celebrity status, should relate. rachel l. smith

    (Copyright 2019 by The Horn Book, Incorporated, Boston. All rights reserved.)

  • The New York Times

    "[Goo's] most charming to date. . .A delightful romp."

  • Kirkus Reviews "A quick-paced, entertaining plot, witty banter, and expert characterization make this a light and satisfying read, and a wealth of local details effortlessly immerse the reader in the worlds of Hong Kong and K-pop stardom. Charming and swoonworthy."
  • The Horn Book
    "Lucky and Jack are both charming, funny narrators with serious chemistry. . .They share comfortable banter, smoldering looks, a few intense kisses--and in between, earnest existential conversations about pursuing their dreams and living meaningful lives. Readers, no matter their celebrity status, should relate."
  • Booklist, starred review The Way You Make Me Feel:
    "With massive amounts of humor, heart, and soul, this love letter to L.A. and its diversity is a celebration of friends, family, and food trucks."
  • School Library Journal, starred review "Sweet, sexy, hilarious, and featuring a spectacular father-daughter relationship, this book will fly off the shelves."
  • Kirkus Reviews, starred review I Believe in a Thing Called Love:
    "Desi's implementation of measures such as 'Be Caught in an Obviously Lopsided Love Triangle' yields hilarious, at times unintended results, lending this teen rom-com a surprisingly thoughtful conclusion . . . [Goo's] funny, engaging narrative also delivers powerful messages of inclusion and acceptance."

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